Cybercrime Squad detectives arrest man after unauthorised access to company database

Detectives from the Cybercrime Squad have arrested a man following an investigation into the unauthorised access to a company’s database.

In June 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Vide to investigate unauthorised access to the main database and document store of an Australian-based company.

With the assistance of company staff, investigations identified that unauthorised access was gained into the company’s database and more than 170,000 data records including personal information and valuation documents were uploaded to the dark web and the internet.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 49-year-old man in Sydney’s CBD about 8am today (Wednesday 2 October 2019).

Shortly after the arrest, detectives, assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad, executed a search warrant at a home at Rozelle, and a crime scene warrant at a business data centre at Ultimo.

The man, who is a software contractor, has been taken to Surry Hills Police Station, where he is expected to be charged.

Investigations under Strike Force Vide are continuing.

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